My Story

I don’t have a project today but instead wanted to tell you my story and why I love Stampin’ Up! products.

When I was a kid, I dreaded Art class.  Dreaded it.  I remember being in class and while everyone was busy painting or drawing, and ENJOYING IT, I was sick to my stomach because I felt that anything I created was awful.  What a horrible thing for a child to feel.  I’m surprised that not one of my teachers picked up on it and tried to encourage me.  Or perhaps they did but I was too stubborn to take their words to heart.

You see, I felt and believed for a long time, that I was not creative.  It wasn’t until I started using Stampin’ Up! products that I began to feel inside that I was creative and that I actually could create something beautiful.

My philosophy is that stamping should be fun, never stressful.  One of the first products that made me do the happy dance were punches.  I didn’t have to even stamp straight! What I stamped could be as crooked as can be but after punching it out, it didn’t matter!  The same thing can be said for the Big Shot dies, especially when I use the Magnetic Platform. I truly love my Big Shot.  I can create an embossed background that makes a card pop or a 3D project that’s as cute as can be.

I stink at matching colors together.  Stampin’ Up! takes all the guesswork out of that for me.  On all the packages of Designer Series paper, the colors that match are listed.  Cardstock that matches all of their paper!  I can grab and accent or ribbon in the same color and I’m good to go!

Thanks to the internet, a world of ideas are just a click away.  I gather inspiration from stampers every single day.  It’s a wonderful community of people!

I hope that in some small way, I can inspire you.  If you don’t think you have a creative bone in your body, stamps, ink, paper, punches and a Big Shot will change your life!  Now that’s a bit dramatic, but oh so true!

Happy Crafting!

P.S.  The First Fridays Blog Hop is this Friday!  I hope you’ll join us!


Move Me Thinlits and a Video!

In what feels like another lifetime, I taught elementary school.  For 22 years I shopped all the back to school sales to buy folders, pencil boxes, extra pencils and all kinds of prizes for “my kids.”  For the past week I’ve seen Facebook posts from my teacher friends as they’ve been preparing for the first day of school which happens to be today! This is the 6th year that I haven’t been a part of that world.  I miss it but I’m also very happy with my life right now!  If any of my teacher friends are reading this, I hope you have a wonderful, fun first day!

Instead of preparing for a classroom full of second graders last week, I was able to spend time in my craft room and play with all of my crafting supplies!  I created a card using a watercolor wash and I made a video, YES, I finally made a video, showing this technique!  It had been so long since I’d last made a video that it took me some time to remember how to edit it!  I had several people ask me to create a video showing this technique and I’m so sorry that it took so long!

The amazing thing about creating a watercolor wash is that you’ll never create the exact same background.  Each piece is one of a kind! Using Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay I created the background you see below.  I love these colors together!  I decided not to use this piece as a focal point but instead used it in a way that the colors would peek through. I was very happy with the results!

As you’ll see in the video below, creating a wash is easy and fun!  On a piece of Whisper White, I cut out three butterflies using the Move Me Thinlits.  I added a sentiment using Tempting Turquoise ink and the stamp set from the Oh Happy Day Card Kit.  I then attached the background to the Whisper White using Fast Fuse.  I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back and attached it to my base of Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  To finish the card, I added a sprinkling of rhinestones.

I hope the video below is helpful and that you’ll give this technique a try!  If you’re reading this in an email, please click here for the video!

Stamping Supplies – Below you’ll find all the supplies I used to create my card.  To purchase any of these items, simply click on any of the pictures and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up! online store.

Big Shot


Have a wonderful day!

Best Time to Buy a Big Shot

Have you had your eye on a Big Shot but felt that it was more money that you wanted to spend?  Or that you could pick it up with a coupon somewhere else? With the many promotions from Stampin’ Up! currently going on, there’s never been a more perfect time to have a Big Shot in your craft room!  

There are three different ways to own the best crafting tool, EVER!  Don’t delay because these offers are only available until Tuesday, July 31, 2017!

#1  Purchase the Big Shot and receive:

  •  2 Bonus Days Coupons – Earn $10 that you can use in August on any order
  •  FREE Embossing Folder of your choice valued up to $10 – this offer is only available through me
  •  ME as your coach – If you have any questions at all about how to use the Big Shot , contact me and I’ll help you out!
  •  Getting Started with Your Big Shot PDF – this offer is only available through me
  •  FOUR Bradley Points – read all about Bradley Points here

#2  Purchase the Big Shot and add $40 more to your order (such as the Layering Circle Framelits and a package of Rhinestones) to receive:

  •  3 Bonus Days Coupons – Earn $15 that you can use in August on any order
  •  $15 in FREE product from Stampin’ Up! (Host Rewards)
  •  FREE Embossing Folder of your choice valued up to $10 – this offer is only available through me
  •  ME as your coach – If you have any questions at all about how to use the Big Shot , contact me and I’ll help you out!
  • Getting Started with Your Big Shot PDF – this offer is only available through me
  •  SIX Bradley Points – read all about Bradley Points here

#3  Purchase the Starter Kit for $99 and Join My Team

  •  Choose $125 worth of product for $99 (It can be a Big Shot or any other products you’d like)
  •  Receive the FREE Essentials Pack with a value of $72
  •  Receive a FREE Embossing Folder of your choice valued up to $10 – this offer is only available through me
  •  Receive FREE Shipping on the Starter Kit
  •  ME as your coach – If you have any questions at all about how to use the Big Shot , contact me and I’ll help you out!
  •  Getting Started with Your Big Shot PDF – this offer is only available through me


Are you ready to take the plunge and purchase a Big Shot, a machine that will change the way you craft?

Option #1

  1.  Click here to purchase the Big Shot (make sure that you see my name in the upper right hand corner).  
  2.  Use the HOST CODE NWPUZN62 and you’ll receive a gift from me (2 sheets of Stampin’ Dimensionals and 2 sheets of Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals)

Option #2

  1.  Click here to purchase the Big Shot and at least $40 more in Stampin’ Up! product (make sure my name is in the upper right hand corner).
  2.  Don’t use the Host Code because you’ll receive Host Rewards – at least $15 in free product. You’ll still receive the Host Code gift from me!

Are you ready to purchase the Starter Kit?

Option #3

  1.  Have your list ready with $125 worth of product 
  2.  Click HERE
  3. If you still have questions, email me and I’d be happy to help you out!

More Details About the Starter Kit

  1.  You’ll receive the FREE Essentials Pack
  2.  There’s absolutely no obligation when purchasing the kit
  3.  You’ll save at least 20% on your future purchases
  4.  You’ll be able to preorder from the Holiday Catalog beginning on August 1st.
  5.  If you want to continue to enjoy the perks of becoming a demonstrator (discount on crafting supplies, quarterly Stampin’ Up! publication and more), you will need to have a minimum of $300 in personal purchases and/or customer orders by December 31st.   If you don’t, no one will hassle you and you’ll simply be dropped.

I love my Big Shot and can’t imagine crafting without it!  If you’d like more information about this great tool, enjoy the video below from Stampin’ Up! If you’re reading this in an email, please click here!  If you have any questions, please let me know!

These offers are only available until July 31, 2017 and only open to U.S. Residents

Petal Garden Paper Stack

Using colorful, beautiful paper as the focal point makes for a quick and easy card!

The paper I’ve used for my card comes from the Petal Garden Designer Series stack which is part of the Petal Garden Suite.  It comes with 48 sheets of double-sided 6″ x 6″ paper. The coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors are Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.  Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to know which colors to use with any of their Designer Series Paper.  This is really important to me when I’m creating a card because I don’t want to waste my time wondering what colors go with a particular  paper.

I used Old Olive as the base of my card with a layer of Pool Party on top.

The sentiment was stamped in Calypso Coral using the stamp set, You’re So Sweet and cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits. The scalloped circle is also cut out using these Framelits.

The sentiment sits on top of Pool Party card stock cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I love how these Framelits coordinate so well with the all of the Layering Framelits!

The leaf on the circle was stamped in Old Olive using the stamp set, Oh So Eclectic.  I really, really like the watercolor look of this stamp.

The card is finished off with the Glitter Enamel Dots which I’m happy to say are back in stock!

I love hearing from YOU!  If you have a question or want to share your thoughts about today’s card, please leave a comment!

Below you’ll find all of the supplies I used to create today’s card.  Click on any of the products and you’ll head over to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  For every $50 purchase before shipping/tax, you’ll receive a $5 coupon from Stampin’ Up! that you can use in August!  Woo hoo!!! Use the July host code NWPUZN62 and you’ll receive a gift from me!

Stamping Supplies 

Big Shot


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Have a great weekend!

Naturally Eclectic by Stampin’ Up!

Several weeks ago I received this beautiful card from my Team Leader, Dawn. I love all the colors she used and her choice to add a black butterfly.  It really stands out!  Dawn also used silver metallic thread behind the Starburst Punch (new!), a technique I really like!  Dawn loves glitter and if you look closely at the picture below, you can see that she added glitter to the butterflies, using the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. Such a fun touch!

Dawn used:

  •  the beautiful Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper along with Lemon Lime Twist and Soft Sky cardstock.
  • Move Me Thinlits and Basic Black cardstock to create the butterfly and Soft Sky for the “base” of the butterfly
  • Starburst punch and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch behind the butterfly
  • Lemon Lime Twist cardstock cut at both ends with the Triple Banner Punch
  • Silver Metallic Thread underneath the Lemon Lime Twist starburst
  • Fabulous Flamingo stamp set to stamp the small butterflies with Soft Sky ink and then some Wink of Stella for a sparkly finish to the butterflies

Below you’ll find all of these products with a link to my Stampin’ Up! online store if you’d like to purchase any of these supplies!

Stamping Supplies

Big Shot


Just a few more days to receive a $5 coupon for every $50 in product you purchase (before tax/shipping).  You’ll be able to redeem the coupon in August! 

Move Me Thinlits Butterfly

Happy Monday!

Yesterday I shared a card I made using the Move Me Thinlits Dies.  These thinlits were not on my original “want to have” list but after seeing numerous cards using the butterfly die, I was hooked!

This is not your ordinary set of dies!  Using the die in the upper right hand corner will create an interactive card with a stamped image that appears to flutter.  Yes, flutter! (You can see it in action in the video below!)


Foil Frenzy by Stampin’ Up!

Welcome to my new and improved blog! For many months now my blog, behind the scenes, just hasn’t been working correctly.  When I found someone who could help me, I decided to refresh my banner and the overall look and feel of my blog. I couldn’t be happier!  Christina Celona did a wonderful job and was so easy to work with!

Onto today’s card! The star of this card is the gorgeous Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper.  You have to see this paper in person as pictures just don’t do it justice!  It’s really heavy too so it would be great for creating boxes or bags.

The butterfly on my card was made using a new set of Framelits for the Big Shot called Move Me.  I’m a sucker for anything with butterflies. 

My sentiment is from the stamp set Awesomely Artistic.  I heat embossed “Friend” onto a piece of Basic Black and then cut it out with one of the dies in the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  The small die worked perfectly for this word! 

The brand new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals were just the right size for the back of the butterfly.

This really is an easy card to create and the Foil Frenzy DSP is stunning!  If you’d like to purchase any of the products I used to make today’s card, click on any of the items below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up! online store!   

Stamping Supplies

Heat Tool


Big Shot


Just a few days left to receive a $5.00 coupon for every $50 that you spend.  Shop this month and use your coupon next month!  There’s no limit to how many coupons you can earn in July or redeem in the month of August!

Just a Note

Just a quick note to let you know that I won’t be posting again until Saturday or Sunday.  Normally I post on Fridays and Saturdays but my blog is getting a refresh!!  I’ll have a new banner and the blog will have a different feel to it! I’m very excited!  I think it will be set to go live sometime Friday or perhaps Saturday.  I hope you’ll stop by and see my new look!


Hello Friend

How would you like to make three beautiful cards in the comfort of your home with a set of supplies where everything has been cut, scored, punched and embossed for you?  All you would need to supply is ink, adhesive and the Hello Friend stamp set (or one from your collection).

If this sounds like something you’d like to receive, place a $50 order at my Stampin’ Up! online store using the Hello Friend To Go Class Host Code ( YYEE33GS) and I’ll send you your supply kit! You’ll also receive a 10 page color PDF with pictures and instructions to make the cards.

Would you like a sneak peek of one of the cards?  Here you go!

For all of the details, click here!

Bonus Days are here! 

Receive a $5.00 coupon for every $50 you spend!

Redeem the coupon in August!

After you place your order, an email will be sent with the code you’ll need to redeem your $5.00 coupon in August!

There’s no limit to the amount of coupons you can receive or redeem!

Naturally Eclectic Double Gate Fold Card

Yesterday I posted the Gate Fold Card I made using the new DSP  Naturally Eclectic.  I made the card specifically so that I could put a gift card inside and I gave it to a male.  I’ll admit that most of the cards I make are usually given to a women so I had to go through my stash of paper to pick a sheet of paper that wasn’t too girlie.

I did promise that I’d have a picture tutorial and I’m sorry that I’m posting it late today.  My husband and I went away for a few days, just the two of us, and I wasn’t able to get this done once we got home.  Fun can be exhausting!

I really think you’ll enjoy making this card.  If you give it a try, I’d LOVE it if you’d email me a picture!  Let’s get started!


Double Gate Fold Card

Happy Monday!  Today I want to share a Double Gate Fold card. My team leader, Dawn Griffith, made one several weeks ago and I knew I wanted to give it a try!  It looks complicated but it really isn’t! 

It won’t fit inside a regular sized envelope so I made one using the Envelope Punch Board.  I actually sent this one off the other day to give to someone for their graduation. 

A belly band wraps around the card to hold it together.  I included two gift cards inside so it was pretty bulky.  It’s important to add your gift cards AND the cardstock inside the card before wrapping the belly band around.  That way you can be sure that the belly band will fit!

When you take the belly band off and pull it open, it looks like this.  Open it again and it reveals the inside sentiment and in my case, the gift cards too! 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a picture tutorial showing you how to make this fun card as well as the supply list.

Have a wonderful day! 

Hello Friend To Go Class

Have you ever sat down to make a card and then realized you were just staring into space because you didn’t know where to begin? Or do you have limited time and want to be able to quickly create a card to send or give?  If so, my To Go Classes will make it easy to create!  

You’ll receive all the supplies you need to create 3 beautiful cards (you’ll just need to supply stamps, ink and adhesive).   This is a perfect way to try out new products and see them in person! In the Hello Friend class you’ll see paper embossed with new folders, receive pieces punched out of the Daisy Punch and more!

Here’s How It Works!

Simply place an order of $50 or more (before shipping/tax) at my Stampin’ Up! online store using the TO GO CLASS HOST CODE. Using this code will alert me that you would like the monthly kit. Each time I advertise a new Class To Go, I’ll post a new host code.

The Hello Friend To Go Class Host Code is:  YYEE33GS

Please be sure that you’re ordering from me, Tracy Bradley. You’ll see my name in the upper right hand corner on the Stampin’ Up! online ordering page. (Directions on how to enter the host code can be found at the bottom of this post).  

BONUS DAYS REMINDER:  Don’t forget that for every $50 you spend (before shipping/tax) at my Stampin’ Up! online store during the month of July, you’ll earn a $5.00 coupon to use on an order in August.  There’s no limit to how many you can earn or redeem!  Immediately after you place your order, you’ll receive an email with a special code.  Save the code and put it in a safe place!

What Happens After You Place Your Order?

  1.  Approximately 7 days after your order has been placed, I’ll send you a kit to make 3 cards.  Your kit will include: precut paper that’s been scored, punched, die cut and embossed (please note that I cannot send you stamped images per Stampin’ Up! policy).  You’ll just need to supply stamps, ink and adhesive.  
  2. Within 24 hours, I’ll send you a color PDF with instructions, pictures, and a list of supplies needed to complete the cards (your PDF will be sent to the email address you used when you placed your order).  Print out the PDF and add it to a binder so that you can refer to it over and over again.
  3. Within 24-48 hours, I’ll send you an invitation to join my exclusive VIP Facebook group.  Click here to see all the benefits of becoming a VIP!

Are There Any Perks When Ordering a To Go Class?

  1.  Yes!!  Every time you participate in my To Go Classes, you’ll receive a point.  Once you’ve earned 4 points, you can choose a stamp set of your choice valued at $17.00 or less (host sets are not valid with this offer).  I will contact you after your fourth order is placed to find out which stamp set you’d like me to send to you (and shipping is on me)!
  2. You’ll automatically become one of my VIPs! Click here to read all about my VIP Program!

Where Do I Enter the Host Code?

Entering the host code is easy! When you add an item to your Shopping Bag, a window will pop up. Choose “View Shopping Bag” and the picture below will appear.  Type the host code in the bottom left corner and click APPLY.  Check that my name is in the top, upper right corner ( if you’d like to enlarge this picture, simply click it).

What Will I Need to Complete The Projects This Month?

Everything will be included in your kit except stamps, ink and adhesive.  The featured stamp set is Hello Friend.  If you don’t already own it, you can substitute it with another set in your collection or add it to your order to qualify for the kit. You’ll also need ink and adhesive.  I recommend using Fast Fuse when adhering embossed pieces but Snail will also work. 

Supplies Needed to Complete Your Kit – Click on any of the products below to purchase them at my Stampin’ Up! online store.   

Glue Dots


The Hello Friend To Go Class Host Code is:  YYEE33GS

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! 

Click here to place an order!